Lower School
Spaces and Places: "The Specials"

Fifth Grade


In his poem “On Turning Ten” American poet laureate, Billy Collins, describes turning that “first big number.”  He describes the age as both young and old at the same time, and that is the wonder of teaching fifth graders. Fifth-graders try on new roles, explore themselves and how they fit in with their peer group.  They start identifying with peers more than adults and are becoming aware, and making sense, of a complicated world. Our fifth-grade program tries to recognize this as it helps fifth-grade students navigate their social, emotional and academic worlds. We are mindful that this is the last year of Lower School for students and work hard to protect their time as Lower School students while giving them the skills and confidence for their transition at the end of the year.

Whether your child is joining us in fifth grade or has been here since they were in preschool, fifth grade is an exciting year in the Lower School. Towards the end of the year there are many opportunities to learn about the Middle School program that will help students with the transition. We look forward to working with your child in the final year of Lower School!

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  • Art

    Instructor: Elisa Garcia

    Fifth Grade Creating Original Opera Program
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  • Health and Wellness

    Instructor: Kim Franco

    The health and wellness curriculum provides an opportunity for students to learn about healthy choices, developing fitness and motor skills that encourage healthy living. Topics on the importance of community, personal relationships/friendships, the physical and emotional changes during puberty and healthy individual choices are the focus for fifth graders.
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  • Music

    Instructors: Mary Heveran and Lisa Dove

    The highlight of the 5th grade music curriculum is the Creating Original Opera process.
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  • Spanish

    Instructor: Ericka Collado

    In third, fourth and fifth grades, students meet three to four times a week in a FLES (Foreign Language Elementary School) setting with Doctora Collado.  FLES programs help students develop an openness, understanding and appreciation for other cultures.  Students develop and master functional skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish.  The goal of a FLES program is to develop proficiency in oral and written communication in Spanish through the integration of language skills and concepts taught.  
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  • Technology

    Instructor: Christine Nicoloau

    The goal of the Lower School technology program is to develop activities and projects that make connections to the themes and curriculum that are covered in each grade level.
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Located in Englewood, New Jersey, Dwight-Englewood is a greater New York City area private school with a rigorous college prep curriculum for boys and girls in preschool through grade 12.